Top Ten Mental Illnesses People Should Stop Throwing Around

keycha1n
Used to comment about how people joke and ultimately diminish the pain on part of the sufferers and the illnesses that so affect their life. No, I have none of these... To my knowledge. But its been getting on my nerves. If you wouldn't joke about cancer, or polio, don't joke about a mental illness either.

The Top Ten

1 Mental Retardation

ADULTS use this word. My aunt wants to be a therapist and uses this word for everything. She's going to offend many people and will fail her job as a therapist if she can't learn the truth soon. People at my old charter school were taught many times about retardation and still use it. Horrible, HORRIBLE thing to throw around! SERIOUSLY!

It's thrown around far too much, in schools especially. Kids need to understand that it's not a joking matter and shouldn't be used as an insult. It's like people who use the word "gay" to mean lame or stupid. It's not okay to use the word "retarded" as an insult; for God's sake, it used to be a simple medical term!

A lot of the kids at my school call each other retarded. I have a feeling most of them don't even know what it means. I don't usually say stuff like this, but it's one of the saddest and worst things about this generation ( back then it was a medical term! ). - MusicalPony

This list is retarded. - LordDovahkiin

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2 Depression

People are also so prejudiced against it. they think that it is nothing more than feeling sad. They think that it isn't that bad and suicidal people are selfish. They throw that term around so much as a joke. I hate it so much. "Stop being depressed" is as stupid as "stop hallucinating" to a person with schizophrenia (also something I probably have) or "stop having tumors" to a person with cancer. My brother wrote a school paper going on and on about how suicidal people have no reason to be depressed. That made me hate him.

For some reason lots of people think it's cool or awesome to be "depressed". It is not. People who walk around boasting about the cuts on their arms and their morbid poetry are not truly depressed; people who are actually afflicted with this terrible disease do not wave it around as something to be proud of. It is not okay to fake it, nor is it okay to make fun of people who are devastated by it. It's a terrible, heartbreaking condition and we should be helping those affected by it, not imitating or making fun of them.

How is it cool to cut and show morbid ways of thinking? Both of these are horrible. Damn. - LemonComputer

A lot of people don't seem to get the difference between feeling depressed and suffering from depression. - PetSounds

There are people who pretend to have it.. Then there are people who aren't diagnosed because nobody takes these real victims seriously. Thanks a lot. - LemonComputer

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3 OCD

My brother does this calling me Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory. I want to punch him in the face after he does this to me. I do it in the air once I get away from him when he does this to me. It is that bad. I have bad OCD. I always have to stick to a certain schedule or else I freak out and expect the worst case scenario to happen (I also have Anxiety), I always obsess on whether I closed all of the tabs on my computer before going to bed, those "OCD TRIGGER" picture drive me crazy, I can't have my webcam not centered on my face, I wash my hands whenever I get sticky stuff on them, after using the bathroom, before eating and even when they smell bad. After a shower, I don't wash my hands so that I can keep the smell of that soap on my hands rather than tainting it with another smell. Same with doing anything at all that would taint it. I also have to have plans before doing anything or else I would freak out. Sorry, my ADHD made me say all of this. I like to talk. Ok bye - Gynidz

Yes, I did used to say I had OCD, and I do happen to have some of the signs, but there's a difference between me and the person who has to shower 10 times a day or wash their hands until their fingers bleed.

Unless a doctor says you do, you probably don't have it, so stop throwing it around, please. - keycha1n

I am 13, probably have schizophrenia (or another type of psychosis) and probably bipolar disorder. I don't have OCD but I don't understand why people get all concerned when the hear about my illnesses, but don't when others talk about their OCD. They have mental disorders just as much as I do.

"ITS NOT EVEN OR STRAIGHT I HAVE OCD! "

"YOU ARE A GERMAPHOBE YOU HAVE OCD"

"YOU COLOR ORGANIZE EVERYTHING YOU'RE OCD"

"i'm ocd I hate camping with all this dirty dirt the room is messy I have it I have it I have it! "

So you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Yes, it does sound worse when you use the whole phrase. Did you go to a doctor? A therapist? No? I suggest you do it before it takes over you and posseses you and destroys you. You don't need therapy? You don't suffer? You don't panic or have anxiety or cry about this? Oh.

False alarm. You don't have it. Nope, I'm not making a big deal out of it, I'm sharing reality with you. How would I know? I've suffered from OCD my whole life and it has ruined my freedom and family relationships and made all my friends hate me and I can never go to bed without mimicking every single noise I hear through the day or before taking a long shower or washing any laundry that touches anything but the inside of ...more

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4 Autism

I have Asperger's Syndrome, which is a high-functioning form of autism. I hate it when people call us "retarded" or "ignorant". Because it is not true. I really wish people would stop throwing this one around. - RockFashionista

I know a nice kid my age with autism. He's nice, smart, creative, and extremely grown up and caring. He annoys people sometimes, but his true friends are able to still care about him and accept him

Sometimes I'll be just scrolling through popular posts on Instagram and for some reason on the really dark pictures/videos, there is always a #autism... I don't know why. - NicholasYellow

STOP
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ABOUT
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5 Schizophrenia

I have schizophrenia, and have since the age of four. I remember when I was a little girl, screaming and crying for my parents because I was seeing scary images in my room and hearing voices saying they were going to kill me. I remember at age 9, after I moved away from my best friend, she was standing in the corner of my room, smiling at me. I hear voices in languages I don't understand. At school, I hear my mother calling my name. I turn around and she's running up to me, wanting to give me a hug. I blink and she's gone.
Can someone please tell me about treatment for schizophrenia, because this is getting out of control, and it has been for the last eight years. - RockFashionista

I believe there's some kind of antipsychotic drug you can use to reduce the symptoms. I would ask your doctor for a treatment, he/she may be able to help you. - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter

I haven't heard it thrown around necessarily negatively, but people use it as an adjective in ways that I just don't understand. I've heard, "My music taste is schizophrenic" and "This band's lyrics are schizophrenic" and even (to describe one band's genre in particular) the phrase "schizophrenic pop" which I do not appreciate at all (glorification of a terrible mental illness).

Well it isn't thrown around much. Just the opposite. We use it to define people. Why does everyone focus on Syd Barrett's illness instead of his music or John Nash's illness instead of his mathematics for example? I probably have it and the hallucinations and delusions and other things are so horrible. It's a living hell.

I can't contact at all, schizophrenia has made me misunderstood and is not a JOKE!

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6 Anorexia/Eating Disorders

I'm not anorexic because I'm skinny. Someone is anorexic if they are purposefully starving themselves in order to lose weight, achieve a body goal, or simply to gain a sense of control in their lives. Not okay to toss around to anyone who is skinny! - keycha1n

I used to have binge eating, possibly because of my anxiety and depression reaching near enough breaking point and I found food comforting. I hate it when the internet jokes about any eating disorder. It isn't nice. - LemonComputer

I'm sick of Anorexia being tossed left right and centre, it is serious! You can get sick, or die from this! - ToptenPizza

This is problably the most glamorized mental illness. There are people who consider themselves to be 'pro-ana' there were sites dedicated to EDs and how to make them even worst. There are many people that think EDs are a choice. In my country people are tought that anorexia nervosa is ONLY about seeing somoene fatter than the real you when you look in the mirror. - ohwowlovely

7 Bipolar/Manic Depressive Disorder

"Throw it around"... It has taken me 22 years to admit to having this debilitating, exhausting disorder. If anyone throws it around and makes I a fashion must-have, it's the ignorant celebrities, who haven't got it, but obviously feels left out because of it. - Britgirl

My teachers say my state is bipolar because the weather changes.

And apparently my friend is bipolar when she has her periods...

Well. I don't know anymore. They don't know anymore. Changes of emotions or changes of weather does not make anything bipolar. Or anyone.

Apologizing in advance if I show a complete ignorance to any of these mental illnesses! But I believe these are the same? - keycha1n

They are the same. The name was originally manic depressive disorder but was changed to bipolar disorder because it was often being confused with depression. - ohwowlovely

Bipolar doesn't always mean the illness. In fact, the first definition for bipolar is as follows: Having or relating to two poles or extremities.
So yes, it can mean weather, emotions, or whatever. Where do you think the illness gets it's name? From that definition. - LordDovahkiin

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8 ADHD

As a child with ADHD, I believe I can speak on behalf of all of my brothers and sisters who suffer from this disease, which will forever be in the shadow of more serious but less common mental illnesses.

All my life ( to this point) I have been told to sit still and pay attention, that I don't have to talk, that I should go to bed at a specific time. I have to try so hard to do the things listed above that it wears me out to the point I don't want to continue to wake up in the mornings and drag myself to school, I want a day or two extra to rest, a day or two extra that I am aloud to stay out of my seat and don't have to glue my eyes to the board and teacher, a day that I can stay up until I feel like going to sleep. It starts to make you go insane, staring at the ceiling in the dark, no noise, and I stay in my bed laying for hours on end, tossing and turning, reviewing my day and seeing If I had made anyone upset or said a joke that was taken the wrong way, if I did, I would ...more

I have ADHD. It can be troublesome sometimes, and controlling hyperactivity is next to impossible. The good thing is, three other kids in my class have ADHD, so I'm not the only one who can't pay attention or won't calm down. - RockFashionista

It is a throw around because of fidget toys. I know from have adhd that I fidget but the fidget toys are getting in the way of people staying focus. And all the people who use fidget toys don't need them. - lbelle0527

I have ADHD. I'm extremely hyper, and I'm sometimes an insomniac. It's pretty hard to control, but I'm trying really hard. - PizzaGuy

9 Psychopathic/Sociopathic Disorders

This condition is downright terrifying, chances are, you aren't a psychopath, and the people you're calling psychopaths, are probably not psychopaths. And Sherlock is probably not a sociopath either. Yep. - keycha1n

10 Anxiety Disorders/Phobic

I hate this. Only a few people I know have this. My mom, brother, not my dad because I am too scared to tell him because of his reaction, my second and third best friends know this (I also have OCD, that's why I have an order), and one girl who I trust. We are not dating. My brother always tells me to do certain things and he knows I have this and he calls me a wimp if I don't do the thing that he wants me to do. For example, go into the basement of my house at night, (that place scares me. When the light is off, I wait at least 5 minutes before going down there after I turn the lights on.) and he called me a wimp because I didn't get something that he wanted. - Gynidz

Simply one day of walking around in fear is enough to drive me nuts. But 24/7? I can't imagine it. Also, one isn't phobic when they fear spiders or snakes, its different to the person who literally can't leave his/her house. - keycha1n

Yep, There's a difference between phobia and fear - Animefan12

Sometimes people think that they might have social anxiety because they are very shy. This is somewhat understandable. However, you should research before claiming to be socially anxious. It's terrifying and makes school and just life in general near enough impossible to like. I am a nerd. I like lessons and learning stuff. But my anxiety.. UGH!

I always hope nobody notices me, yet at the same time, hope for someone to notice my suffering and comfort me in some way. I want to talk. I want to share my opinions. Yet it's impossible for me to. I can't just go up to someone and talk. I can't make real friends. I can barely even talk to the friends I have. They barely feel like my friends anymore. They're just blended in with everyone else. I barely show any emotion. I am scared that I seem cold and scared that I seem like I show too much emotion. So I mostly show nothing at all. I must look like a damn robot. When I eat at lunch time, I fear that I am eating too much. I just get ...more - LemonComputer

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The Contenders

11 Down Syndrome

My mom works with people who have down syndrome. - Catlover2004

12 Asperger's Syndrome

This isn't a bad thing, you know. I have it and it generally doesn't interfere with my daily life too much (apart from anxiety when going to different places around the school, and I also lack affective empathy). Likewise, it isn't a good thing to have. I don't have anything to make up for my Aspergers, it's not like I'm a savant or a super-genius or anything. But some people will never learn. - Winterush

Remember that nickname others give this syndrome? Yeah. This isn't very severe, but when combined with other problems (especially #2! ), this can be a serious problem.

13 Dyslexia
14 Social Anxiety

I'm so sick of every 21st century born teenage girl diagnosing themselves with this condition after a 60 second Google search and just because it's the trendy health problem to have at the moment.

STOP
PUTTING
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IN
YOUR
WEIRD
MENTAL
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ROMANTIC
STORIES
AND
STOP
ROMANTIZISING
THIS
DAMN
CONDITION
! - LemonComputer

15 Borderline Personality Disorder

I was recently diagnosis with this, along with having bipolar disorder and anxiety. When describing this to my friends and family they think I'm crazy, although they were fine with me saying bipolar. I've been asked if I hear voices or have different personalities. By ex boyfriends I was known as the crazy ex but that's because part of my bpd is fear of rejection. Although I'm tired all the time, I'm pretty good at hiding it. I do wish they would change the name of this disease.

I don't know why, but this has become very popular lately. It's a truely awful disease and gets a nasty reputation as "crazy ex girlfriend syndrom". Men can have it too! People make so many assumptions as if bpd makes a person an evil liar who manipulates. Even psychiatrists avoid bpd patients. We can't get better if you stigmatize us!

16 Tourette's Syndrome

I've suffered from this horrific condition since age twelve. I'm bullied, mocked, and have little friends because of it. Not to mention the physical and emotional pain. Tourette's is NOT funny.

*cough cough* South Park *cough cough* I have had this since birth, but I only have motor tics that aren't really that bad. I am 14 now. - Gynidz

17 Hypochondria

People are told to stop being hypochondriacs if they get a little bit worried about their health once or twice. That is not hypochondria. Hypochondria, or to use its medical term hypochondriasis, is a debilitating mental condition. I have suffered from it for I don't know how long now. For me it ranges from mild to severe. Imagine being frozen to the floor crying because you're sure you're going to die soon, and you're pretty much imagining a bad swing of hypochondria.

18 Schizoid Personality Disorder
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